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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.
Reviewed August 10, 2014

A beautiful museum that chronicles a very dark time in history. This is a museum that should not be missed; everyone in my family wanted to see this and we're glad we did. Admission is free.

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum can emotionally break you. Be prepared. Reserve your tickets in advance for the full permanent exhibit on their website, a nominal fee for that, totally worth it. The museum tells the historical and cultural context, the dates and details and the stories of real people who were impacted by the Holocaust. You'll see prison uniforms, piles of shoes, and have a chance to hear stories of the concentration camps. Be aware, there are also ghoulish pictures of body parts from Nazi experimentation. As we see what is happening today in Iraq with the Islamic State, and how they are treating ethnic and religious minorities, we know that this can happen today. This Holocaust Memorial Museum reminds us how hatred can take root and grow and destroy groups of people. It's a lesson for us all on not being silent when we can make a difference.

Thank Everellie
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

I'm glad I made the time to visit the museum. I've been wanting to go since last year. There was no line to wait and we got in very quickly. I like what the museum has to offer, but it was almost too crowded to enjoy. We visited in August which is a very busy tourist month for the D.C. area and a lot of people should be expected. We visited on a Sunday and thought it would be less crowded but we guessed wrong!

Speaking strictly about the museum, I highly encourage you to take the time to go. The experience is meaningful and made me grateful for the life I have.

Thank Simone710
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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Museum had very few objects in collections for viewingI know the museum has acquired an un believable amount of artifacts related to the Holocaust I saw very few and extremely disappointed as that is one of the major reasons I went to the DC area

Thank Angela L
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a difficult museum to visit, but it should be mandatory when someone tours DC. George Santayana was right when he said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Go to remind yourself that we must always be vigilant to man's ability to be cruel to one another.

Thank MaryElle
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